Much of U.S. Awaits ‘Dangerous’ Heat Wave

By Paul Riegler on 17 July 2019
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The Chicago River, which runs through the city

The Chicago River, which runs through the city

A “dangerous” and widespread heat wave will hit the central and eastern United States over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Many areas will see high temperatures in the 90s and 100s while low temperatures will remain in the upper 70s and 80s, bringing little relief at night.

Chicago will be under an excessive heat warning starting Thursday, as temperatures climb. They are expected to reach close to 100° F (38° C) in some areas.

“Heat indices for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana look to climb between 100 to 110 degrees,” the weather service said.

In New York City, which just experienced a major blackout last Saturday and where temperatures are expected to reach a high of 98° F (37° C) on the upcoming Saturday and Sunday, ConEd officials warned that the extreme heat could result in more power failures over the weekend.

Officials across the country are issuing heat advisories and opening cooling centers, warning of the health risks that accompany high thermometer readings.

“Hot weather is dangerous and can kill,” said Dr. Oxiris Barbot, New York City’s health commissioner. “People with chronic physical and mental health conditions should use air conditioning if they have it, and get to a cool, air-conditioned place if they don’t.”

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